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Apple Galette

So here’s my take on an Apple Galette. This traditional french pastry is basically an open-faced apple pie. Normally they are much prettier than mine but here’s my easy go to recipe that’s super yummy. Oh and I kind of made it up so the measurements aren’t exact. Ingredients: 1 Trader Joes frozen dough (much … Continue reading »

Phyllo dough Quiche

In the past I’ve been going to Whole Foods and buying their frozen pie crust. Recently, I started buying phyllo dough to get a lighter quiche. Now this is my go to. You can change the veggies and add meats. I just prefer veggie quiches. Note- If you use onions or mushrooms make sure to … Continue reading »

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I saw this recipe on Facebook and decided to try it out. To my surprise…..they were amazing. Everyone who has tried out these cookies have loved them even my salty husband. I did alter the recipe a bit. Ingredients: 1 medium previously frozen very ripe banana (calls for a fresh banana) 1 cup of almond … Continue reading »

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe to Social Foods so I figured my new Chocolate Chip Banana Bread was the one to post after a long silence. My husband was complaining that my normal Banana Bread wasn’t rising enough. It has great flavor however the sour cream was changing the texture of … Continue reading »

Kale, Pea and Black Forest Ham Quiche

So a few weeks back I bought some frozen pie crusts from Whole Foods with the intentions of making quick homemade quiches and pies. Technically a frozen pie crust isn’t homemade but some days you just don’t feel like making everything homemade. This was inspired by friends who were making homemade quiches with lots of … Continue reading »

Spaghetti Squash and Italian Meat Sauce

Here’s a new favorite in my household. I found this recipe on Facebook and after a few tries I’ve changed it to make it my own. This is my new and healthy take on Spaghetti and Meat Balls. However, rather than spaghetti I use spaghetti squash and instead of meat balls, Turkey and Mushroom Italian … Continue reading »

Seared Duck Liver Snack

Here’s a simple dish that doesn’t take much effort.  It’s so easy and delicious that I can’t believe I haven’t done this sooner.  If you’re a fan of liver, pate or fois gras than this is for you.  If your not a fan, just give it a try.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised. So the other … Continue reading »

La Folie

  La Folie isn’t your average restaurant.  It is an experience.  This is fine dining defined.  It is not for the light hearted or penny pincher’s.  La Folie is amazing but it’s hard on your pocket book.  I had the pleasure to experience this cuisine only because it was my 4 year dating anniversary with … Continue reading »

Green Power Smoothie

The green power shake craze had finally hit my curiosity and with a Vitamix it became a reality.  It is so easy and so healthy to accomplish with just a few key ingredients, you’ve got yourself a professional tasting smoothy at home.  This power smoothie also claims to help shed the pounds away if you drink it … Continue reading »

Café Castagna Take 2

Ever had pure decadence?  Well, pictured above is just that.  Since our first trip to Café Castagna, we have returned numerous times.  However, this last visit we sat at the bar and chatted with the owner, Stephane and other head chef.  It is an experience that I highly recommend.  By the time dessert rolled up, … Continue reading »

Chocolate Chip Bars

It’s a cookie but in a bar!  No need to say more…enjoy!  Oh, I did borrow this recipe from the famous Mrs. Field’s but left out the nuts. Ingredients: 2 cups of all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. of baking soda 1 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed 1 large egg 1 cup of butter, softened 2 tsp. … Continue reading »

Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

So I just got a Vitamix 750 today and LOVE IT!   It makes everything you could ever want; soup, sauces, smoothies, juices, ice cream and so much more.  The beauty of it is that it makes professional quality recipes!  The soup I made was creamy, thick and amazing without using one bit of cream. … Continue reading »

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

I saw this recipe the other day and had to try it.  Of course, I changed it a bit but it came out just as delicious.  My only words of advice is have a large glass of milk when you’re about to snack on these yummy treats!  You’ll need it. Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon … Continue reading »

Roasted Quail Anyone?

Here’s a dish that will make you look like a pro, even if you have no idea how to cook.  Growing up, when my parents didn’t have time to cook something, they usually made us a simple roasted chicken dish with vegetables using the broiler.  The chicken always came out crispy and juicy.  The vegetables … Continue reading »

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon

This is a must have in your recipe repertoire.  It is the classic holiday side dish done a bit on the healthier side but still just as delicious!  No need to continue…I think it’s self explanatory Ingredients: 3 large sweet potatoes 1 cup of orange juice 1/2 cup of butter 3 tablespoons of white sugar 2 tablespoons … Continue reading »

Avocado Salad with Tomato and Radish

If you love avocados, this recipe is for you.  If you love tomatoes, this recipe is for you.  If you love radishes, this recipe if for you.  If you love all three…then this recipe is REALLY for you.   In the September/October 2012 issue of Cooks Illustrated,  author Celeste Rogers stops her reader in their tracks with … Continue reading »

Turkey Left Overs

It’s Turkey Enchilada’s time!!!!!  Okay, this post was meant to go up weeks ago aka after Thanksgiving but it still works for roasted chicken left overs.  It’s simply amazing and it wasn’t I who found this dish but my husband.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  I can’t wait for a … Continue reading »

The Perfect Tri Tip

Cooking a steak is an art form especially a Tri-tip.  If you under cook it, you’ve ruined it and if you over cook it you’ve ruined it.  Where is that happy medium?  Well, the key to success is keep it simple!  If you have a good cut of meat, all you need to do is … Continue reading »

Sautéed Sole with Lemon Beurre Blanc

This recipe is really fun to make and somewhat simple.  I discovered it while dining in Napa and have been addicted ever since.  It’s light but with a ton of flavor.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Ingredients: 2 large pieces of sole 2/3 cup of dry white wine (like a … Continue reading »

Hearty French Potato Casserole

Again, another AMAZING recipe from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine: Issue 115, March + April 2012.  The subtitle to this recipe is what intrigued us, “In the old days, this rich dish got its deep flavor and silky texture from meat drippings.  Could we get the same luxurious results without a roast?”  I don’t know about you but that … Continue reading »

Italian Wedding Soup

I really wanted Minestrone soup so my fiancé decided to whip up this gem instead.  Like Minestrone, it’s very hardy but with a twist.  Check it out and see if it intrigues you like it intrigued us.  This recipe was from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine: Issue 115, March + April 2012. Note: This isn’t a recipe for the faint of hearts.  It takes … Continue reading »

Orzo, Kale + Portobello Mushroom Pasta

I honestly didn’t know what to make for dinner tonight.  All I knew was that I had kale and I needed to use it before it went bad.  Kale is not only a superfood but very tasty when cooked correctly.  So I found a recipe and made it my own.  Adapted from, allrecipes.com, this Orzo … Continue reading »

social foods version of a Cobb salad

Who says that a Cobb salad has to be a certain way.  Well, we say NO to that notion!  So we decided to make our own version of a Cobb salad.  Instead of the “standard” mixture of iceberg and romaine lettuce, watercress, avocado, blue cheese, chicken, chives, hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes we did it a bit differently.  We decided to … Continue reading »

Baked Mac + Cheese with Cauliflower

Who doesn’t love Mac + Cheese.  No matter how old you are it never gets old.  However, the key to this dish is making it homemade.  Instead of using my normal recipe that isn’t the healthiest,  I decided to tried this alternative compliments of Penzeys Spices.  It was definitely a crowd favorite.  I didn’t use any of their spices … Continue reading »